Eleven Virgina State Athlete-Students recognized as Arthur Ashe,Jr. Scholars

From the Virginia State Office of Sports Information: ETTRICK, VA– The Virginia State University Athletics department continues to stay true to their mission of developing academic and athletic champions!  In line with the Trojans mission, the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Award, sponsored by The Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine, honors undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field.  In addition to their athletic ability, the students named 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5,…

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Texas Southern’s Johnetta Hayes to take UMBC job

From swac.org : BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After six years at the helm of the Texas Southern University women’s basketball program, Johnetta Hayes has been tabbed to be the next head coach of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Hayes served as the head coach of Texas Southern University since the 2013-14 season after spending the 2012-13 season as the associate head coach of the Lady Tigers. Under her guidance, the Lady Tigers put together a 115-73 record over her time on the sidelines. Hayes led Texas Southern to a pair of 20-win…

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Virginia State’s Lonnie Blow Jr. Named 2018-2019 Gaines Award Recipient

From theciaa.com: Courtesy of National Sports Media Association WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 26, 2019) — The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) has announced that Kelvin Sampson (Division I) and Lonnie Blow Jr. (Division II) are the 2018-19 winners of the Clarence “Big House” Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Awards. The Gaines Awards will be presented during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Banquet on June 24, 2019, at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sampson was selected after he led the University of Houston to a 33-4 overall…

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UMES hires Jason Crafton as Men’s Basketball Coach

From meacsports.com : PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Jason Crafton, a young but experienced coach with stints at several levels including most recently the NBA G-League, has been hired to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team. The 16-year-veteran of coaching spent this past season in the NBA ranks as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers’ G-League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats. Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Nyack College from 2012-18. He spent the beginning of his career as an assistant at…

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Grambling’s Hill named to All-Louisiana First Team

From Grambling State Sports Information: GRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University senior guard Shakyla Hill added another postseason accolade to her already impressive resume on Friday as she was named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) All-Louisiana Women’s Basketball First Team. Hill, who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year last month, led the Lady Tigers to a 16-16 overall record, which included wins over Indiana (NCAA Division I Tournament team) and Loyola Marymount.  The Little Rock, Ark. native, who earned…

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Shakyla Hill wins BOXTOROW National Player of The Year

From Grambling State Sports Information: GRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University senior guard Shakyla Hill continued to add more hardware as she earned her second consecutive BOXTOROW National Player of the Year honor, which was announced on Monday. Hill, who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year last month, led the Lady Tigers to a 16-16 overall record, which included wins over Indiana (NCAA Division I Tournament team) and Loyola Marymount. The Little Rock, Ark. native led the SWAC in scoring (18.9…

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Chris Paul Family Foundation Donates $50K to WSSU Athletics Team 250 Campaign

From theciaa.com : WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Chris Paul Family Foundation made a tremendous donation of $50,000 to Winston-Salem State University Athletics, Friday morning. The support of the foundation will go a long way in the department’s mission to provide quality experiences and opportunities to the student-athletes of Winston-Salem State University. “We appreciate the support from the Chris Paul Family Foundation. We hope that this inspires more individuals to give to the WSSU Team 250 Campaign,” WSSU Interim Director of Athletics George Knox said. “This will help with our commitment…

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Amir Hinton named to NCAA DII First Team All-American and Bulletin Player of the Year

From theciaa.com: RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University junior Amir Hinton was selected to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II First Team All-American Team, announced Wednesday. In addition, the Philadelphia, PA native was recently named the 2019 Division II Bulletin Player of the Year. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) standout who declared for the NBA draft last month posted the nation’s highest scoring average (29.4 ppg) while leading DII in free throws made (321) and ranking second in total points (853). He also averaged 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game while…

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Norfolk State’s Robert Jones wins CollegeInsider’s Skip Prosser Award

From meacsports.com : NORFOLK, Va. – CollegeInsider announced on Friday its recipients for several national coaching awards, and Norfolk State head men’s basketball coach Robert Jones beat out 24 other finalists to take home one of those honors; the organization announced that Jones has been named the winner of the 2019 Skip Prosser Award. The award is named for former Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007. It is presented annually to a Division I coach who not only achieves success on the court, but also displays…

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Kentucky State’s Brooke Wallace invited to professional combine

Courtesy of Kentucky State Athletics Kentucky State University women’s basketball senior Brooke Wallace has been invited to participate in a professional combine in Tampa, the site of the 2019 NCAA Division I Final Four. Wallace (Oberlin, OH) will take part in the 22nd annual Women’s Pro Combine and Free Agent Camp Sunday, April 7 on the campus of the University of Tampa. “As an athlete and a coach you strive to have moments like these,” said Kentucky State University head coach Terrance Slater. “When you recruit players we tell them about these moments, so…

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